I bought a car from a private seller in December and put the car on the road a week ago. The car broke down within a week and I had to get it towed home. I spent $900 to get it towed home from Canada and i also spent $200 on tires and $40 for an oil change. The previous owner ensured that there was "nothing wrong" with the car when i bought it.
You've got a couple problems. Private sales do not come with warranties. If he said there was "nothing wrong", its not his fault if he didn't know about it ahead of time. Good luck proving in Court that he knew whatever broke was about to break. The lemon law only applies on vehicles up to 100,000 miles. If you bought the vehicle over that, the lemon law doesn't even apply, even if you had bought it from a dealer.
You can try calling the seller and ask for some of your money back for the repairs, and if he feels bad maybe that will work. If he knew what he was doing and you got taken though, this may just be a case of let the buyer beware.
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